Safety Factors to Check for when Buying an Older Home

Safety Factors to Check for when Buying an Older Home

August 10, 2016 at 3:41 PM


Looking for a home? There are some people who turn to investing in an older home. While not a bad idea to consider, you also need to know that, like any other used items such as cars or phones, an older home can also have issues that you don’t know about, which may or may not create problems later down the line should you choose to purchase it.

 That said, here are some factors to look for before you purchase an older home. Not only will inspecting these aspects lead to better home safety, but also save you money or make you aware of any necessary repairs to fix the issues in advance.

Plumbing and electricity.

If not properly checked, old plumbing pipes and electrical wires can demonstrate a huge hazard to the safety of those who live in the house. It is important to make sure that such systems are in good condition before purchasing the home or be prepared to have them updated. To help alert you of potential fire hazards from older wiring you should make sure your smoke and heat detectors are functioning properly and have new batteries.

Lead paint.

Some, but not all, older homes may have been painted with lead, a chemical that can be very harmful to children and adults. Lead paint can be difficult to spot. If you suspect there’s lead in the house you should have a licensed professional inspect the property and consider getting it removed if found, to eliminate accidental exposure.


Not only are cracks and other damages unattractive to look at, but they can also affect living conditions. This can range from just a damp basement to corrosion of your house. It is easy to check for structural damage just by looking over and testing the durability of the floors, walls, and door handles. If you’re concerned about having a wet basement from leaks in your foundation, installing a water detection device can help alert you of a possibly damaging situation.

Outdated heating systems.

When checking an older home, make sure you look at the heating source. Whether it’s a boiler, fireplace, or electric heater, if the source looks outdated then it’s important to consider if you want to spend the money to replace it. Always be sure to  have a licensed professional inspect the unit as well as make sure it is safe to use and running as efficiently as possible.  

Smoke alarms and CO detectors.

Both of these life-saving devices are a must in all homes. Make sure existing devices are still functioning well and replace the batteries. If the home has older smoke and carbon monoxide detectors you should consider investing in new ones as they aren’t that expensive. These products could save you or your family’s life from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.